Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday. That way he’ll have an excuse to do the same to start his workday, too.
RUNNING IT BACK
The Ravens set a franchise record for points in Sunday’s 55-20 win over the Oakland Raiders. … The Ravens rested defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and cornerback Jimmy Smith in the blowout, and they suffered no major injuries. … Tight ends Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta sparked the Baltimore offense. … Jah Reid stepped in for Bobbie Williams at left guard. … Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees got creative with his personnel. … Mike Preston says Sunday’s win felt like a college powerhouse whooping someone in a homecoming game.
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RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
The win is proof that the Ravens really need to secure home-field advantage in the playoffs. … A perfect scenario unfolded for the Ravens. … Did the Ravens run up the score against the Raiders? … Did the Ravens put a target on their backs Sunday? … Dickson and Pitta responded to the challenge from Ravens coach John Harbaugh. … The Ravens gained back some confidence Sunday.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
The Raiders got crushed by the Ravens, tying for hte most points allowed in team history … It has been a historical collapse for the Raiders defense. … Hey, at least the Raiders stopped the run. … The Raiders shrugged off that fake field goal in the second half.
SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY
Here are five things we learned in Sunday’s win over the Raiders.
OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE
The Atlanta Falcons are no longer unbeaten after losing to the New Orleans Saints. … The San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Rams played to a tie Sunday. … Tom Brady and the New England Patriots survived the Buffalo Bills. … The Houston Texans won a defensive struggle with the Chicago Bears. … The Denver Browns beat the Carolina Panthers, picking up their four straight victory. … The Cincinnati Bengals thumped the New York Giants.